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BDA Scottish Dental Conference 2019: updates from the world of clinical dentistry

Blog Author Phil Grigor

Blog Date 15/10/2019

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We held our annual BDA Scottish Dental Conference and Exhibition in Glasgow on 20 September. Around 200 people attended – from all branches of the profession – a healthy turnout considering the British Orthodontic Society was holding its conference next door, and there was an unaccustomed heatwave!

This year, we were delighted to have some renowned speakers from Scotland, as well as the rest of the UK and internationally, giving our delegates the latest updates from the world of clinical dentistry along with a range of broader topics.

Sanjeev Bhanderi, a Specialist in Endodontics and Senior Lecturer, University of Liverpool, gave a session on ‘Endodontics in the dock: case selection’ helping delegates think about the factors they need to consider in deciding whether or not to treat, ‘difficult’ cases. He gave some really good clinical tips that GDPs can use in their practicing life. 

Subir Banerji, Programme Director MSc Aesthetic Dentistry, King's College London and Principal, London, who also works in private practice in London, is a well-known figure in the world of aesthetic dentistry and treated our delegates to a session on the hot topic of minimally invasive management of tooth wear. 

Adam Nulty, The Digital Dentist and Principal, Dentist on The Rock, looked at the fast-developing role of technology in dentistry, and spoke to us about the predictable outcomes in digital implant dentistry. 

Public health topics also featured Gillian Knight, Associate Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science Aston University, looking at the facts and falsehoods surrounding HPV’s role in oral cancer. 

As we know, Scotland has amongst the highest rates of oral cancer in the UK, and dentists play such a key role in detecting it, so we hope this presentation was really useful to our audience. Also on oral cancer, Craig Wales, Consultant Maxillofacial Head and Neck Surgeon, Glasgow, gave an informative presentation on the recognition and referral of potentially malignant head and neck lesions.

Tackling stress in dentistry is one of the major themes of the BDA’s strategy, so we were delighted to have Rory O’Connor, Clinical Advisor, NHS England and National Coordinator, Dentists' Health Support Programme, talking about the importance of good mental health and well-being in the dental profession. He flagged the warning signs of stress, and where to seek help when you need it. 

On the topic of vulnerable patient care, Karen Maxwell, Assistant Clinical Director, Community Dental Services South Eastern HSCT and Avril Murray, Senior Dental Nurse, South Eastern HSCT, guided us through ‘Domicillary care in dentistry: positives and pitfalls’, explaining the limitations and the importance of preparation, including risk assessments and ensuring good treatment planning, to provide the best care for your patients. 

Madeleine Murray, Specialist in Restorative Dentistry Practice limited to Periodontics, and Alison Cunningham, an associate GDP in Edinburgh, discussed the referral pathways for periodontal treatment, and the importance of the relationship between specialists and GDPs, and how it evolves over time.

Scotland’s own Simon Morrow, a Sedation Trainer, and Lecturer looked at the definition of conscious sedation and the current guidance for dentistry in the UK. And Fiona Elder, NHS Education for Scotland, provided useful practical advice for dental teams on how to improve infection control and decontamination procedures.

Feedback indicates that the conference was well received, with 99% of delegates satisfied with the event, and with comments such as: “Variety of excellent lectures” and “Good variety of topics, skilled speakers who showed passion for their field”.

We were delighted to see so many vocational trainees attending and it was also encouraging to see dental care professionals at the event, emphasising the importance of the dental team. 

These events are officially about learning, but it’s also an important opportunity to network, meet and speak to other dentists and DCPs, and find out what’s happening beyond your own surgery or clinic.  

Attendees also had the opportunity to visit our 27 sponsors at the event - we are always grateful for their support, without them, these events could not happen. 

Phil Grigor, BDAScotland National Director


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